The Road Safety Authority has begun offering the driver theory test online on a pilot basis.

Because this is a pilot, there are only a limited number of places available. The RSA will offer in excess of 3,000 online tests in June, and aim to increase this number over the coming months, subject to the pilot not raising security or other issues.

A key priority for Government is to move to in-person theory tests, as soon as public health allows, to allow people undertake driver training.

In light of the significant backlog of customers awaiting tests, the RSA is also working to increase capacity in its physical testing centres. This will see the number of tests in centres increase from an average of approximately 15,000 tests per month (pre-Covid) and will build up to 50,000 per month on a gradual basis once the service re-opens.

We are moving on a step by step basis to open driver training and testing, and in the last number of weeks have opened essential driver training, testing on a limited basis for non essential workers and motorcycle training and testing.

Driver Theory Test customers are asked to note that online theory tests can only be booked via using a Windows (8 or above) laptop or desktop computer and the latest Google Chrome web browser. This is because of the need to ensure a secure testing environment.

Because of the IT requirements to deliver an online test, candidates are invited to apply on a ‘first come first served’ basis.